Why are Hazal Authoritative?

What produces Halakhic authority? Was it the acceptance of the Jewish nation that created Hazal's authority, or was it the other way around: recognizing Hazal as the experts in Tora, the Jewish nation naturally accepted their guidance? What of more recent Halakhic works such as Rambam's Mishne Tora or Shulhan Arukh: are they authoritative, and if so, why?


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